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Current Finalists for the 20th
Annual Lambda Literary Awards

The Lambda Literary Awards seek to recognize excellence in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature. Each year, over 80 judges -- writers, booksellers, librarians, journalists -- assess the entries in more than 20 categories.

Judging criteria: The two equally important criteria for judging a submission are 1) the LGBT content and 2) the quality of writing.

LGBT content is a combination of factors: LGBT characters, events that influence LGBT lives and/or have meaning to the LGBT community; LGBT stories that haven’t been told; or traditional LGBT material that is handled in a unique and fresh way.

Quality of the writing. If a work is beautifully written but has little LGBT content, then it may not deserve to become a finalist. If a work has substantial LGBT content but is poorly written (e.g., clichéd, inadequate characterization or other substandard craft), then it may not deserve to become a finalist. These awards seek to honor both talent and content, not just one or the other.

For the genre categories (Mystery, Romance, Erotica, Science Fiction, etc.), the quality of the writing should also fulfill the expectations of the genre. When assessing a mystery, consider how the mystery stands in relation to its genre: a) is it traditional, b) does it challenge the conventions of a mystery in a new and interesting way, or c) is it not really a mystery but a novel with a few mysterious elements?

Any book with LGBT content can be submitted for a Lambda Literary Award, by its author or by its publisher. In this awards cycle, 463 books were submitted by 190 publishers.

Congratulations to the 107 finalists, in 21 categories, for the 20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards!

Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in West Hollywood, CA, on May 29 -- early bird tickets now on sale!

2008 Readings by Lammy finalists in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, West Hollywood, and New Orleans.

NOTE: If you are a finalist, please send an email to to inquire about a ticket.

Browse the full list of submitted titles.

LGBT Anthologies | LGBT Arts & Culture
LGBT Childrens/Young Adult | LGBT Drama/Theater
LGBT Erotica | LGBT Nonfiction | LGBT Poetry
LGBT Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror | LGBT Studies

Bisexual | Transgender | Lesbian Debut Fiction | Gay Debut Fiction

Women's Fiction | Women's Romance
Women's Mystery | Women's Memoir/Biography

Men's Fiction | Men's Romance
Men's Mystery | Men's Memoir/Biography


  • Juicy Mother 2, Jennifer Camper (Manic D Press)
  • Vital Signs, Richard Canning (Carroll & Graf)
  • First Person Queer, Richard Labonte and Lawrence Schimel (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Men of Mystery: Homoerotic Tales of Intrigue and Suspense, Sean Meriwether & Greg Wharton, (Haworth)
  • Baby Remember My Name, Michelle Tea (Carroll & Graf)

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  • Media Queered, Kevin Barnhurst (Peter Lang Publishing)
  • Art That Dares, Kittredge Cherry (AndroGyne Press)
  • The View From Here, Matthew Hays (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Feeling Backward, Heather Love (Harvard University Press)
  • Other Men's Sons, Michael Rowe (Cormorant Books)

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  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Peter Cameron (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Hero, Perry Moore (Hyperion)
  • Saints of Augustine, P.E. Ryan (HarperTeen)
  • Freak Show, James St. James (Dutton Children's/Penguin)
  • Parrotfish, Ellen Wittlinger (Simon & Schuster)

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  • Dose: Plays & Monologues, Dan Bernitt (Sawyer House)
  • Niagara Falls, Victor Bumbalo (Broadway Play Publishing)
  • Return of the Caffe Cino, edited by Steve Susoyev and
    George Birimisa (Moving Finger Press)

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  • The Golden Age of Lesbian Erotica, Victoria Brownworth & Judith M. Redding (Magic Carpet Books)
  • Red Light, J. D. Glass (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Ardennian Boy, William Maltese & Wayne Gunn (MLR Press)
  • The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica, Lawrence Schimel (Carrol & Graf)
  • Homosex: 60 Years of Gay Erotica, Simon Sheppard (Running Press)
  • Every Dark Desire, Fiona Zedde (Kensington)

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  • Between Women, Sharon Marcus (Princeton University Press)
  • Pink Harvest, Toni Mirosevich (Mid-List Press)
  • Other Men's Sons, Michael Rowe (Cormorant Books)
  • Gay Artists in Mondern American Culture, Michael S. Sherry (University of North Carolina Press)
  • Imagining Transgender, David Valentine (Duke University Press)

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  • Blackbird and Wolf, Henri Cole (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering, Dawn Lundy Martin (University of Georgia Press)
  • Otherwise Obedient, Carol Potter (Red Hen Press)
  • Fata Morgana, Reginald Shepherd (University of Pittsburgh)
  • The Second Person, C. Dale Young (Four Way Books)
  • Human Resources, Rachel Zolf (Coach House Books)

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  • Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale (Blind Eye Books)
  • A Companion to Wolves, Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (Tor Books)
  • Spaceman Blues: A Love Song, Brian Francis Slattery (Tor Books)
  • The Dust of Wonderland, Lee Thomas (Alyson Books)
  • Ha'penny, Jo Walton (Tor Books)

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  • Writing Desire, Bertram Cohler (University of Winsconsin Press)
  • The First Man-Made Man, Pagan Kennedy (Bloomsbury)
  • Between Women, Sharon Marcus (Princeton University Press)
  • Caribbean Pleasure Industry, Mark Padilla (University of Chicago Press)
  • Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, & the Black American Intellectual, Robert Reid-Pharr (NYU Press)

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  • Look Both Ways, Jennifer Baumgardner (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)
  • Becoming Visible, Beth Firestein, Ed., (Columbia University Press)
  • Split Screen, Brent Hartinger (Harper Collins Children's Books)
  • The Tourists, Jeff Hobbs (Simon & Schuster)
  • Stray, Sheri Joseph (MacAdam/Cage)

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  • Transparent, Cris Beam (Harcourt)
  • Male Bodies, Women's Souls, LeeRay M. Costa, PhD, (Haworth)
  • The Marrow's Telling, Eli Clare (Homofactus Press)
  • What Becomes You, Aaron Raz Link & Hilda Raz (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Nobody Passes, Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore (Seal Press)

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  • Lockjaw, Holly Farris (Gival Press)
  • Dahlia Season, Myriam Gurba (Manic D Press)
  • Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking, Aoibheann Sweeney (The Penguin Press)
  • Breathing Underwater, Lu Vickers (Alyson Books)
  • O Street, Corrina Wycoff (OV Books)

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  • Tales from the Town of Widows, James Canon (Harpercollins)
  • A Push and a Shove, Christopher Kelly (Alyson Books)
  • That Was Then, Michael Quadland (Red Hen Press)
  • SoMa, Kemble Scott (Kensington)
  • Freak Show, James St. James (Dutton Children's/Penguin)

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  • Biting the Apple, Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Carroll & Graf)
  • The IHOP Papers, Ali Liebegott (Carroll & Graf)
  • Greetings from Jamaica, Mari San Giovanni (Bywater Books)
  • The Child, Sarah Schulman (Carroll & Graf)
  • The Kind of Girl I Am, Julia Watts (Spinsters Ink)
  • The Mandrake Broom, Jess Wells (Firebrand Books)

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  • Sheridan's Fate, Gun Brooke (Bold Strokes Books)
  • The Road Home, Frankie J. Jones (Bella Books)
  • Out of Love, K. G. MacGregor (Bella Books)
  • For Now, for Always, Marianne K. Martin (Bywater Books)
  • When Dreams Tremble, Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books)

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  • Wall of Silence, Gabrielle Goldsby (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Mortal Groove, Ellen Hart (St. Martin's Press)
  • In the Name of the Father, Gerri Hill (Bella Books)
  • Selective Memory, Jennifer L. Jordan (Spinsters Ink)
  • Laura's War, Ursula Steck (Bella Books)

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  • Comfort Food for Breakups, Marusya Bocurkiuw (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • And Now We Are Going to Have a Party, Nicola Griffith (Payseur & Schmidt)
  • An Army of Ex-Lovers, Amy Hoffman (University of Massachusetts Press)
  • Two Lives: Gertrude & Alice, Janet Malcolm (Yale University Press)
  • Waiting for the Call, Jacqueline Taylor (University of Michigan Press)

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  • Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • First Person Plural, Andrew W.M. Beierle (Kensington)
  • Dark Reflections, Samuel R. Delany (Carroll & Graf)
  • Fellow Travelers, Thomas Mallon (Pantheon)
  • The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, Manuel Munoz (Algonquin)

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  • Changing Tides, Michael Thomas Ford (Kensington)
  • A Secret Edge, Robin Reardon (Kensington)
  • Right Side of the Wrong Bed, Frederick Smith (Kensington)
  • Broadway Nights, Seth Rudetsky (Alyson Books)
  • A Few Hints and Clews, Robert Taylor (Haworth)

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  • Double Abduction, Chris Beakey (J. Boylston/ ibooks, Inc.)
  • Stain of the Berry, Anthony Bidulka (Insomniac Press)
  • Pierce, Roberto Ferrari (Haworth)
  • Murder in the Rue Chartres, Greg Herren (Alyson Books)
  • Mahu Surfer, Neil Plakcy (Alyson Books)
  • Drag Queen in the Court of Death, Caro Soles (Haworth)

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  • Forgiving Troy, Thom Bierdz (Hudson House)
  • Dog Years, Mark Doty (HarperCollins)
  • The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, Martin Duberman (Knopf)
  • The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory, Kenny Fries (Perseus Books)
  • What Becomes You, Aaron Raz Link & Hilda Raz (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Mississippi Sissy, Kevin Sessums (St. Martin's Press)

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